The Mets (79-61) defeated the Braves (56-85) by a score of 7-2 after a 2 hour and 20 minute rain delay. This officially eliminates the Braves from postseason contention and reduces the Mets’ magic number to 16.
After a long rain delay (see tweet by Kevin Plawecki), tonight’s game started with technical difficulties, and pregame/postgame hosts Gary Apple and Nelson Figueroa did some emergency play-by-play. The game remained scoreless through the first four, with each starter working in and out of a jam or two. In the top of the fifth, Juan Uribe singled, followed by two fly outs. Kelly Johnson had an infield single, and Kevin Plawecki lined a ball into the right-center gap to score both runners. Next batter, Bartolo Colon, lined a single up the middle to score Plawecki from 2nd. The Mets had a 3-0 lead.
In the top of the 7th, after two leadoff walks, Braves reliever Ross Detwiler was removed from the game due to a hamstring injury. After a flyout by Duda, Juan Uribe singled in the Mets’ fourth run of the game. A double play off the bat of Michael Conforto ended the threat.
Colon, meanwhile, was scoreless through six. He reached 31 consecutive scoreless innings pitched, a new record for a pitcher 42 or older (he broke the record of 27 innings, held by Warren Spahn and Cy Young). He now has the 3rd longest scoreless innings streak in Mets history, behind only Jerry Koosman and R.A. Dickey. Colon ran into some trouble in the bottom of the 7th though, allowing, in order, a single to Nick Swisher, triple to Jace Peterson, and single to Andrelton Simmons. This made it 4-2 and ended Colon’s scoreless streak. He followed by getting a force out and a flyout, bringing up Nick Markakis with a runner on 1st. Dario Alvarez was brought in to face Markakis, who promptly flied to Kirk Nieuwenhuis in left field (double switched into the game with Alvarez).
The Mets tacked on a run in the top of the 8th after a leadoff single by Wilmer Flores. A wild pitch, flyout, and groundout brought pinch runner Eric Young Jr. around to score. Dario Alvarez remained on for the bottom of the 8th and retired the side in order, an impressive showing for a Mets team that has been looking for a reliable left handed reliever all season. This too comes on a night when Hansel Robles, Jeurys Familia, and Tyler Clippard were all unavailable. In the 9th, Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda both walked, setting up a line drive double off the bat of Juan Uribe, scoring both runners. Addison Reed pitched the 9th for the Mets and worked around a walk and an infield hit to retire the side.
The Mets have now equaled their win total from last season with 22 games still left to play. They extend their division lead to 7.5 games (Washington was off tonight) and reduce their magic number to 16. Rookies Steven Matz and Matt Wisler square off at 7:35 tomorrow night.
- Kevin Plawecki (.282)
- Bartolo Colon (.172 pitching, .030 batting for .202 total)
- Juan Uribe (.096)
- Michael Conforto (-.116)